Chim: David Seymour's Humanist Photography
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Image: David Seymour (Chim), The Exodus from Spain into France of the Defeated Loyalists at the End of the Civil War, 1939, gelatin silver print, printed 1982 David Seymour (Chim)
The Exodus from Spain into France of the Defeated Loyalists at the End of the Civil War, 1939
gelatin silver print, printed 1982
National Gallery of Art, Gift of Ben Shneiderman
© David Seymour Estate/Magnum Photos

Spanish Civil War

The Exodus from Spain into France of the Defeated Loyalists at the End of the Civil War

With Franco's victory all but inevitable by the end of 1938, nearly half a million Republican soldiers and citizens made their way through the wintry Pyrenees to the French border. Chim accompanied the refugees through the pass at Le Perthus and took this photograph there in February 1939 as men from the Republican Army—whom the French stripped of their weapons—waited to enter France.